When life gets busy, how do you take care of yourself? Rushing from one thing to the other may leave you feeling stressed or overwhelmed. You may need to pause for a moment to reset. Here are 8 ways to practice self-care in daily life. 

Go for a walk

Grab your shoes and head outside, even if it’s a brisk day. The movement will help clear your head and energize you for all that’s yet to come in the day. The fresh air and the rhythmic movement of walking is an easy way to practice self-care in daily life. 

Take a nap

While it isn’t possible to catch up on missed sleep, a short nap can improve your mood, reduce fatigue, and generally increase your alertness. Aim to keep naps between 10-20 minutes to minimize grogginess and make sure they are before 3pm to prevent them from interfering with sleep later. 

Turn off your phone

Removing the distraction of alerts and temptations that come with your phone will help you improve your self-care in daily life. Among the benefits are better focus and improved sleep. If you need help, BetterYou is here to help you make better digital decisions everyday and improve your wellbeing.

Say thank you

The simple act of gratitude will make you happier. Your relational wellbeing will also improve as you say thank you to those who surround and serve you everyday. Practicing self-care in daily life means appreciating and recognizing the small gestures of kindness in your day, no matter how insignificant they may seem. 

Stretch your body

Stress relief is one of the many benefits of stretching regularly throughout our day. It’s common to hold tension in your neck and shoulders as you react to stressful situations. Stretching releases endorphins that make you feel better while promoting good self-care in daily life.

Meditate or pray

Meditation and prayer help reduce negative emotions that build in your body during the day. This stress break improves your emotional wellbeing and provides the release you need. Making meditation or prayer a regular part of self-care in daily life will improve your emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

Say no

One of the best ways to care for yourself and reduce overload is to say no. When you do, you show others that you value your time and yourself. You build your confidence in being brave in other situations as well and learn how to more naturally say yes to the things that matter and no to the things that don’t. 

Eat whole foods

Fueling your body with whole foods boosts your energy levels, provides clarity of thinking, and helps you to feel better physically. Reducing processed foods and focusing on nutrient packed choices instead is a good way to practice self-care in daily life every time you sit down to a meal.

Self-care in daily life is possible with just a few small tweaks to your choices. Which one are you ready to try? We’d love to hear from you!